ASEAN and Japan Cybersecurity Communities Solidify Alliance with Signing of MOU
TOKYO – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and Japan relations, Japan’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) hosted the International Conference on ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Community (IC-AJCC) from 5th to 6th October 2023 at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo, Japan.
The 2-day conference was attended by cybersecurity professionals and experts from ASEAN and Japan including government officials, policymakers, researchers and academics. Participants also included industry representatives, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations with interest in collaborating on cybersecurity issues. Brunei Darussalam was represented by Shamsul Bahri Haji Kamis, Interim Commissioner of Cyber Security Brunei, and Haji Mas Zuraime Haji Abdul Hamid, Head of BruCERT.
With the purpose of fostering a robust community alliance between the cybersecurity communities of ASEAN member states (AMS) and Japan, a ceremony was held for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between nine organizations from ASEAN and Japan. The MOU aims to facilitate the exchange of information on cybersecurity threats, incidents, and their solutions in each country, and to promote cooperation among organization members for security awareness and capacity building.
Signing the MOU were representatives from Brunei Cyber Security Association (BCSA), Information Sharing and Analysis Centre Cambodia (ISAC-Cambodia), Indonesia Network Security Association (idNSA), Japan Network Security Association (JNSA), Malaysia CyberSecurity Community (rawSEC), Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT), Association of Information Security Professionals Singapore (AiSP), Thailand Information Security Association (TISA), and Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA).
Mohamad Azad Zaki Haji Mohd Tahir, President of Brunei Cyber Security Association (BCSA) signed the MOU on behalf of BCSA. He said, “the shared experiences and successful strategies emerging from this alliance will serve as a blueprint for other international collaborations, inspiring a global community united against cyber threats.”
A Commendation Ceremony was held in honour of individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of cybersecurity in ASEAN-Japan. Awards of Merit from the Japanese government were presented to four distinguished contributors of past ASEAN-Japan cooperation activities:
- Prof. Ryozo Hayashi (Fellow, Musashino Institute for Global Affairs, Musashino University)
- Dr. Muhammad Salman (Co-Founder and Chairman, IdCARE - Indonesia Cyber Awareness and Resilience Center of University of Indonesia）
- Mr. Thongchai Sangsiri (Expert, Supervisory Policy and Standard Center Electronic Transactions Development Agency Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand)
- Mr. Haji Mas Zuraime Haji Abdul Hamid (Head of BruCERT, Cyber Security Brunei)
Upon accepting the Award of Merit, Haji Mas Zuraime remarked that he was honoured to receive the award and was thankful to all AMS and the Japanese government for the collaborative work to make the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation work throughout the years.
Brunei Darussalam had also participated in the IC-AJCC exhibition, with ITPSS Sdn Bhd showcasing their award-winning product iDentiti, a blockchain-powered digital identity solution. In addition, Brunei Cyber Security Association (BCSA) participated in the exhibition to support cooperation with other cybersecurity communities.